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Baton Rouge: 'Put Those Damn Weapons Down!'

Bill Quigley | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

“Put those damn weapons down. I’m not going to tell you again, goddamn it. Get those goddamn weapons down.” That was the first command of one o...

Will Philadelphia Adhere to Decades-Old Restrictions on Police Infiltration at Upcoming DNC Protests?

Kris Hermes | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

With the Democratic National Convention (DNC) less than two months away, the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) has remained virtually silent on its security plans.

From Tehran to Atlanta, Lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani Fighting for Human Rights

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Azadeh Shahshahani is a human rights lawyer who has worked for over a decade in the US South. She was the first woman of color to lead the National Lawyers Guild.

Michael Ratner's Death Is a Loss for Freedom, Peace and Justice

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Legendary human rights lawyer Michael Ratner died Wednesday. His pathbreaking legal and political work on behalf of the poor and oppressed around the world is unmatched. His death is an incalculable loss for the cause of freedom, peace and justice.

Katrina, Climate Justice and Fish Dinners: Social Justice Lawyer Colette Pichon Battle

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Colette Pichon Battle gave up a great job working as a corporate immigration lawyer in Washington DC to live in a tent in front of her flooded family home 50 miles from downtown New Orleans.

The Philippine People Are Under Attack from Washington -- and Their Own Government

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Azadeh Shahshahani

A tribunal this year uncovered grave violations against the human, economic, and cultural rights of Filipinos by Washington and their own leaders.

Obama: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is on Cuba

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.31.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Obama hopes to go down in history as having ended the half-century of U.S. hostility toward Cuba and its revolution. We do not know what the next administration will bring. We must pressure Obama to act decisively now to realize his promise to truly normalize relations with Cuba.

Ferguson: We Are Not All Having the Same Experience

Allison K Hill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

When my mother was four years old, she met a black person for the first time. After shaking the woman's hand, she looked at her own to see if any of the 'black' had rubbed off. She shared this story with me when I was growing up to illustrate what a white world she was raised in.

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Beverly Whipple: Unsung Hero of Women's Rights

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

The career choice Beverly Whipple made has been a lifesaver to countless women in Washington State for more than a quarter century. In 1979, she and Deborah Lazaldi, both natives of Yakima, founded Feminist Women's Health Center in Yakima, to offer reproductive choice and healthcare.

An Illegal and Inhuman Practice: We Must Stop Shackling of Pregnant Incarcerated Women

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Negar Mortazavi

With only 5 percent of the world's population, the United States has 25 percent of the world's incarcerated persons. As members of a society that has the highest rate of incarceration, it is our moral and ethical duty to question the treatment of individuals behind prison walls.

Failure to Convict NATO 3 Protesters as Terrorists Undermines Broader Police Entrapment Trend

Kris Hermes | Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime
Kris Hermes

The OWS movement that inspired Church, Chase, Betterly, and millions of others showed us that we can and should resist these practices.

Drone Summit Demands End to Strikes, Surveillance

Daniel Medina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Daniel Medina

Within view of the U.S. Capitol and just a little more than a mile from the White House, hundreds of of anti-drone proliferation activists, academics, lawyers and concerned citizens from all over the world gathered this weekend for the second annual drone summit.

Fear, Control & Police Brutality In Anaheim

Nina Flores | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Nina Flores

Although Anaheim conjures popular images of Disneyland for many, for others the city reflects the increasing tension between its two public faces: home of the Magic Kingdom versus home of officer-perpetuated fatalities.

Aaron Sankin

Protestors Win $1 Million Police Misconduct Settlement

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.25.2013 | San Francisco

The City of Oakland has agreed to pay approximately $1 million to end a lawsuit filed on behalf of 150 demonstrators alleging police misconduct in the...

Breaking Ranks: the History of the NLG Military Law Task Force

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

The shift in regulations means that GIs planning protests can be hit with bad performance evaluations and in some cases even discharged. These soldiers can also receive "counseling statements," essentially bad marks in their record, for engaging in dissent.

One Struggle with Many Fronts: Interview with Dan Kesselbrenner

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

"To this day, I can't believe that it actually happened. It was very exciting to be part of something that successfully challenged the government and made a difference in so many people's lives."

Standing up for Palestine Solidarity Activists

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 04.07.2013 | College
Azadeh Shahshahani

From college campuses to community centers across the country, students and other activists have faced orchestrated and aggressive attacks when speaki...

Investing in Democracy in Venezuela

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Azadeh Shahshahani

As part of an eight-member delegation from the National Lawyers Guild, we spent the week leading up to the October 7 Venezuelan presidential election in Caracas, learning about the electoral system that Jimmy Carter has called "the best in the world."

U.S. Intervention Continues to Undermine Egyptian Revolution

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 10.07.2012 | World
Azadeh Shahshahani

This April, we joined a National Lawyers Guild delegation of U.S. lawyers, activists and scholars to investigate another uncomfortable case of an authoritarian regime that benefited from Western weapons sales and aid, to the detriment of its people.

Jason Cherkis

Occupy Wall Street Activists Could See More Arrests At Newly Re-Opened Zuccotti Park

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

Tuesday night, Occupy Wall Street activists flooded into Zuccotti Park once again. They resurrected a downsized version of their library. They carried...

Matt Sledge

NYPD Sergeants Union Blasts Protesters In Oakland For Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.27.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- A union representing 5,000 New York City Police Department sergeants blasted Occupy Wall Street protesters on Thursday and threatened to s...

Matt Sledge

Occupy Wall Street Erects A Tent City In Zuccotti Park, With Little Reaction From NYPD

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.26.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- A little more than a month ago, when the occupation of Zuccotti Park was in its early days, the New York City Police Department was not in...

Arin Greenwood

Occupy DC: 'It Seems Like A Different Situation In New York'

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.03.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A group of eight OccupyDC marchers -- some wearing ties, others wearing bright yellow National Lawyers Guild legal observer hats -- were...

Demonstrators and Their Lawyers Protect Our Right to Peaceful Protest

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.29.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The right to march in the streets is more precious than gold. Whenever those in authority act to undermine "peaceable assembly," everyone's freedom is put at risk.